who’s your daddy

November 19, 2016

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It is encouraging to note that even though Adam and Eve’s relationship had undergone tremendous strain in the events leading to their expulsion they were still together and apparently committed to raising a family. There was a dedication to love which became evident in the succeeding generations. “Cain knew his wife, and she conceived and bore Enoch,” (Gen. 4, v. 17) and so the human race began to proliferate because men found women to love, produced children whom they loved, and so the mandate to be fruitful and multiply began to be fulfilled. Love was starting to make the world go ’round.

No schoolboy worth his salt has failed at some time to ask the question, “Where did Cain get his wife from?” It may not be the most profound question ever asked but it does address a fundamental question about the beginnings of the race. The important question it raises is, “Did the human race originate exclusively in Adam and Eve or were there other sources from which people like Cain’s wife could have come?” Those people who hold to evolutionary theories of the development of different segments of the human race are hard put to account for the remarkable similarities which exist between all segments, assuming they all developed from different sources under different circumstances. The factors that unite the Eskimos and the Masai, the Aucas and Aborigines are infinitely greater than those that divide them. They share a common physiology and demonstrate a common psychology. They are so similar physically that they are totally interfertile.

All these factors point to a common source of the race. Paul, of course, was unequivocal on the point, insisting that the fallenness of the race is attributable to its solidarity in Adam in the same way that salvation is available to all men through the mediation of Christ Jesus our Lord. We should, therefore, not hesitate to tell our schoolboy inquisitors that Adam and Eve no doubt had other children besides those who are named and that Cain presumably married one of them—hardly the normal thing to do but under the circumstances perfectly acceptable!

The human race apparently set to work with a vengeance. There was a dedication to labor. Abel was committed to a pastoral lifestyle; he “was a keeper of sheep” while Cain, we read, was an agriculturalist, “a tiller of the ground” (v. 2). Cain turned to architecture and “built a city, and called the name of the city after the name of his son—Enoch” (v. 17). Later on other activities developed including the artistic labor of Jubal and the industrial endeavors of Tubal-Cain, the former being an expert on “the harp and flute,” the latter a highly skilled craftsman in “bronze and iron” (vv. 21-22). While all this activity points to the development of a skilled civilization, it also poses problems for those who try to date exactly the civilization which is here described. But the dedication to labor is clear.

Some people are surprised to discover there was also a genuine dedication to the Lord. “Cain brought an offering of the fruit of the ground to the Lord. Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of their fat” (vv. 3-4). Leaving aside for the moment the well-known fact that only Abel’s offering was acceptable we note that both men displayed some degree of gratitude to the Lord for what had been produced through their labor. After the sad events which led to Abel’s death Seth was born, and under his influence and that of his sons “men began to call on the name of the Lord” (v. 26). The three fundamental areas of dedication through which the human race is blessed were firmly in place. But all was not well, for this was a fallen society.

How quickly we forget or deny we are a flawed race, the evolutionist relates us to monkeys, the humanist to a god and atheist elevates himself. What shouldn’t be lost in all this is the complete cycle of sinning and the need of redemption.

So here’s something we haven’t done before, a HOMEWORK assignment; take this week to tell everybody you believe that the book of Genesis is to be taken literally. Watch some eyes pop out. Go ahead shake them up.

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

Pray for Marilyn, recovery from a severe fall

Pray for Dave and his 5th bout with prostate cancer

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